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    Robert E. Lee "Funeral Obsequies" Broadside and Mourning Ribbon. A rare 1870 broadside, 7.5" x 9.5" (sight), no place; October 15, 1870. Titled "Funeral Obsequies", it lists the Order of Procession as "Escort of honor, consisting of officers and soldiers of the Confederate Army. Chaplain and other Clergy. Hearse and Pall-Bearers. General Lee's Horse. The Attending Physicians. Trustees and Faculty of Washington College. Dignitaries of the State of Virginia. Visitors and Faculty of V. M. Institute. Other Representative Bodies and Distinguished Visitors. Alumni of Washington College. Citizens. Cadets V. M. Institute. Students Washington College as Guard of Honour." It continues, in part "At 10 O'Clock, Precisely, The Procession (except as hereafter designated) will be formed on the College ground, in front of the President's House and will move down Washington Street... The Procession will be halted in front of the Chapel... when the Cadets for the Institute and the Students of Washington College will be marched through the College Chapel, past the remains... After the funeral services are concluded in the Chapel, the body will be removed to the vault prepared for its reception, and the concluding services will be read by the Chaplain, from the bank on the Southern side of the Chapel, in front of the vault."

    The broadside is accompanied by an In Memoriam Black Robert E Lee Mourning Ribbon, measuring 3.75" x 10". With a large floral accent and a white title ribbon that reads, "In Memoriam/General/Robert E Lee." The two are matted and framed to measure 21.5" x 18.75" overall.

    The great and respected General Robert E. Lee died at 9:30 in the morning of October 12, 1870, two weeks after suffering a stroke. Although the state of Virginia offered to bury him in Richmond, his widow requested that his remains be left in Lexington at his beloved Washington College. Lee had been president of the school for four years, doing much to transform the small regional college into a respected center of higher learning. Soon after his death, the college trustees voted to rename the school Washington & Lee University in his honor. The broadside is very scarce, with two other copies known to be held at the Virginia State Library and the Virginia Historical Society.

    Condition: Flattened fold. Uneven toning throughout. There is a small amount of soiling and dampstaining. The ribbon has frayed edges and there is uneven toning to the white title ribbon.


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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